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Graduate Internship Metagenomics

As a Metagenomics Intern, you will contribute to refining our bioinformatics pipelines and detecting microbes in our crops. Become part of our Molecular Phytopathology and Genome Biology team at Rijk Zwaan in De Lier and Fijnaart!

  • Netherlands, De Lier
  • Internship
  • Master  | Bachelor
Plants house various microbes, which together form the plant microbiome. Plant microbiomes include microbes that contribute to plant health, but sometimes also pathogens. At Rijk Zwaan, we strengthen crops against diseases through resistance breeding and the use of beneficial microbes. Precise detection of these microbes is crucial to our research and breeding program. For this, we perform in-house sequencing of plant microbiomes. As a metagenomics intern, you will collaborate in the development and improvement of our bioinformatics pipelines that are deployed to determine from our sequencing data which microbes colonize our plants. You will be engaged in:
  • (further) Developing bioinformatics pipelines for the analysis of plant microbiomes, and making these accessible to other researchers within Rijk Zwaan.
  • Analyzing short/long read metagenomics and metatranscriptomics data.
  • Assembling and annotating microbial genomes, and mapping associated functional profiles.
In De Lier, near Delft, lies the head office of Rijk Zwaan. An international family business with a people-oriented corporate culture. Rijk Zwaan is at the beginning of the food chain. We develop vegetable varieties and sell their seeds to growers all over the world. From our position we can and want to contribute to the world's food supply.As our new intern, you will be working not only in De Lier, but also at our Research & Development location in Fijnaart, West Brabant. You will be present four days a week at your regular duty station in De Lier and one day at the R&D location in Fijnaart. You will be part of the Genome biology and Molecular Phytopathology team and will collaborate with various specialists.   As an intern you are curious and proactive. You enjoy learning from specialists and enthusiastically share your own insights. Teamwork comes naturally to you and you draw energy from working with colleagues. You are also strong in working independently. With a keen eye for detail, you carry out your research accurately. Furthermore, we can find the following on your CV:
  • An HBO or WO degree in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Biotechnology, Molecular biology, plant sciences
  • Basic skills in at least 1 programming language (e.g. Python or R)
  • Experience with a (Command line) Linux environment (local installation, data processing, etc.)
During this internship you will work within a dynamic and international organization. You will be part of different teams, where your own ideas and initiative are certainly appreciated. In addition, we offer you:
  • Internship remuneration of 500 euros per month (full-time)
  • Monthly internship lunch
  • Daily fresh soups, salads and/or fruit
  • The space to undertake and develop yourself


Work on the vegetables of tomorrow as a Metagenomics intern! Click 'Apply' and upload your resume and motivation. You will receive a response within 10 working days. 
  • Phone interview
  • Face to face interview
  • Internship contract!
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